Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Selection of Computational Methods to Address Problems in Materials


Dr. Rakesh Behera


Georgia Institute of Technology


Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. San-Hyun, Cho


Computational methods are extremely useful to provide critical insight into challenging materials problems. Due to the advancement in supercomputers, computational modeling has evolved many folds in recent years. It compliments experiment to probe details which are extremely difficult to characterize using current characterization tools, and also provides directions for the development of new materials. Depending on the time scale and length scale, there are several computational methods that can be used to investigate the fundamental problems in materials. This presentation will discuss various computational methods available and the procedure to select an appropriate method for a materials problem at hand. Specific examples will be discussed (including nuclear materials) to show the application of different atomistic simulation methods.


Rakesh Kumar Behera joined the GWW School of Mechanical Engineering as a Post-doctoral Fellow under Prof. Deo in August 2010. His expertise is in the field of computational materials science, and encompasses both first-principles and atomistic modeling of materials. Currently he is working towards developing atomistic models to describe properties of Thoria-based fuels. Dr. Behera received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (2004) from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and received M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2009) in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville.